Welcome to Conveyancing Executive Adam Tompkins

30th June 2021

We are delighted that Conveyancing Executive  Adam Tompkins has recently joined the Property Department at our Sidmouth branch.  Adam brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge, having worked in the profession for over 10 years.  He has worked extensively in residential conveyancing in not only sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold property but also complex Transfers of Equity, Assents and re-mortgages.  With experience in acting for companies and a number of buy-to-let investors alongside private clients he offers our clients a wide range of services.

He has previously worked in small practices as well as larger nationwide law firms and his experience includes acting on significant private residential transactions involving high-value properties, unregistered land, complicated matters of title rectification and listed buildings.

Outside of work you will normally find Adam tinkering with old motor vehicles which are quite the passion of his.

“I am really looking forward to getting started helping our clients with their property transactions in Sidmouth and beyond” Adam commented.

Why did you choose to work at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors?

I have lived in the town of Sidmouth for a number of years and grew up in the neighbouring village of Newton Poppleford.  Having studied in Bristol I was keen to return to my roots and have practised locally since 2011.  It is a joy now to be a part of the team at Gilbert Stephens.

Are there aspects of your work that are particularly satisfying or challenging?

Too many to mention!  The most satisfying is exchanging contracts for young families or people going through stressful times in their lives and being able to make “that” happy telephone call.  The joy that my clients feel in knowing that their deal has been done is a very precious thing to be a part of.

A challenge I enjoy is rectifying defects with title deeds and boundaries.  I particularly enjoy helping clients whose boundaries are not quite accurately reflected in the plans and have them changed at the Land Registry, if certain conditions are met.  I was some time ago able to help a client increase the size of their garden at the Land Registry by about a third which gave them the confidence, once registration was completed, to build some lovely new decking.

Do you have any ambitions, professional or personal, that you would like to pursue in the future?

Professionally I strive to continue to be the “go to” Conveyancer for so many returning clients in Sidmouth and further afield.  Personally, I would love to get my favourite motorcar (which is now 25 years old) back on the road and take a trip around the British Isles in it!

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in law?

Question everything; always ask “why”.  Is there another solution?  Learn from your peers.  Never do anything unless you are completely sure; indeed knowing what you do not know is the greatest skill of all.